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Program Highlights

NanoThermoMechanical Thermal Computing

Research

Limited performance and reliability of electronic devices at extreme temperatures, intensive radiation found in space exploration missions and earth-based applications requires the development of alternative computing technologies. Nebraska MRSEC researchers have designed and prototyped the world’s first high-temperature thermal diode.

(2018)

Nebraska MRSEC Puts a “Spark” in Summer Learning

Education

In Summer 2017, Nebraska MRSEC partnered with the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools to offer a new, STEAM-based summer learning program. Spark Summer Learning provides opportunities for students in grades K-5 to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math in an immersive setting, engaging students in problem-based learning through hands-on “maker” projects.

(2018)

Optical Control of Polarization in Hybrid 2D-Ferroelectric Structures

Research

Switchable electric polarization of ferroelectric materials can serve as a state variable in advanced electronic systems, such as non-volatile memories and logic. Control of ferroelectric polarization by external stimuli is the key component for these systems.

(2018)

Direct Observation of Ferrimagnetism in a Multiferroic Hexagonal Ferrite

Research

Multiferroics is a class of materials that exhibits a coexistence of electric and magnetic polarizations.  Coupling of these polarizations is potentially useful for energy-efficient information storage and processing. Hexagonal rare-earth ferrites (h-RFeO3, where R is rare-earth element and Fe is iron) are new family of multiferroic materials.

(2018)

Nebraska MRSEC Facility: Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene-Like Boron-Carbon-Nitrogen Monolayers

Facilities

The emergence of two-dimensional (2D) materials, which are only one atom or one structural unit cell thick, has stimulated an enormous range of research effort. The well-known example is graphene – a zero band gap semiconductor, which exhibits outstanding charge carrier mobility. However, the absence of a band gap is a major hindrance in implementing graphene in 2D electronics.

(2018)

Threading Atom-Wide Wires Into 2D Materials

Cornell University researchers and collaborators have discovered – somewhat accidentally – a method for inserting a one-dimensional (1D) semiconductor channel into the “fabric” of a material that is only a few atoms thick.

(2018)

Día De la Ciencia / Science Day - bilingual event at Princeton's MRSEC

Education

On April 8, 2017, PCCM held its first Día de la Ciencia at the Princeton Public Library. Forty scientists set up 20 table presentations and met with over 500 members of the community.

(2017)

Imaging and Analysis Center Partners with Industry and Other Institutions

Facilities, Industry

The Imaging and Analysis Center (IAC) supported by PCCM is a world-leading facility for materials characterization. It is a critical resource to our industrial user community. The advanced instrumentation and expertise in the IAC provide ultimate opportunity for us to actively interact with industrial scientists.

(2017)

Stars of Materials Science with Professors Cliff Brangwynne and Rod Priestley

Education

On April 1, 2017 over 500 people visited Princeton University to learn about polymers from Princeton Center for Complex Materials researchers. Members of the NSF funded MRSEC in Interdisciplinary Research Group 2 presented a multimedia demonstration and lecture featuring audience participation.

(2017)

New Color Centers in Diamond for Quantum Information Science

Research

Color centers in diamond are a promising platform for quantum information science, as they can serve as solid state quantum bits with efficient optical transitions.

(2017)

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